SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 14, 2006–Sabre Holdings
(NYSE:TSG) announced that Barry Vandevier has become its new chief
information officer, overseeing Sabre’s technology functions on an
enterprise-wide basis. Additionally, Robert Wiseman recently joined
Sabre as chief technology officer and Sara Garrison joined the company
as senior vice president of Products and Systems Delivery.
“We’re driving one of the world’s largest conversions to open
systems technology ever, while simultaneously operating the world’s
largest and most efficient travel marketplace. We’re fortunate to have
someone of Barry’s caliber who knows the organization and has respect
across our company as we move through critical milestones in this
effort,” said Sam Gilliland, Sabre’s chairman and chief executive
officer. “Strong leadership in our technology groups is essential to
our ability to connect people with the world’s greatest travel
possibilities, and I’m excited about the leadership team we now have
Vandevier had been with Sabre’s Travelocity unit for the past 10
years, most recently serving as chief technology officer. He was
instrumental in designing early site functionality and will continue
to oversee Travelocity’s technology organization in his new role.
Prior to joining Travelocity, Vandevier was a technologist for Sabre
Holdings, supporting agency and hotel reservation products.
Previously, he was an engineer for American Airlines.
Robert Wiseman joined the company in May of this year as chief
architect and was named Sabre’s new CTO less than three months later.
He brings 20 years of travel technology experience with him, with his
most recent roles as CTO of Cendant Travel Distribution Services and
senior vice president of Future Technologies with Cendant’s consumer
travel Web site. Wiseman’s areas of responsibility will include
enterprise architecture, security and enterprise server management,
among others. Wiseman replaces Craig Murphy in advance of Murphy’s
planned retirement in early 2007.
Sara Garrison, senior vice president, Products and Systems
Delivery, was previously senior vice president of Network and Open
Systems for Inovant, a Visa subsidiary, and served as senior vice
president for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Her
experience with complex high-speed, high-availability systems, and her
exceptional leadership skills and global experience will be invaluable
as she leads the ongoing transformation of the company’s technology.
Garrison replaced Joan Kuehl, who retired in August 2006.
Sabre’s technology organization works on some of the most advanced
technology, not only in the travel industry, but across all high-tech
fields. This includes the company’s transformation to open systems and
open source technology, a robust use of Web 2.0 components and
advanced use of rich media. The technology leadership team brings the
depth and breadth of experience required to advance Sabre Holdings’
history of technology leadership and innovation.
About Sabre Holdings
Sabre Holdings connects people with the world’s greatest travel
possibilities by retailing travel products and providing distribution
and technology solutions for the travel industry. Sabre Holdings
supports travelers, travel agents, corporations, government agencies
and travel suppliers through its companies: Travelocity, Sabre Travel
Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Headquartered in Southlake,
Texas, the company has approximately 9,000 employees in 45 countries.
Full year 2005 revenues totaled $2.5 billion. Sabre Holdings, an S&P
500 company, is traded on the NYSE under the symbol TSG. More
information is available at www.sabre-holdings.com.
CONTACT: Sabre Holdings, Southlake
Emily Kinney, 682-605-3286
SOURCE: Sabre Holdings